Overall production: 293,000 hl
Seasonal trend: 2014 saw strong temperature shifts and abundant rainfalls with short but copious rains and windy days with temperatures below the seasonal average. This strained winemakers a lot, but those who decided to divide the work into more phases and to focus more on vineyards during the vegetative ripening process could get excellent quality wines.
Technical and winemaking efforts carried out in the months before harvest were able to reach quality standards out of a 2014, a very particular vintage. Many wineries had to invest on workforce and working hours to control extreme humidity through thinning and drying and disinfecting risk areas (low-level vineyards).
In fact, at the end of summer, winemakers from centre-northern Italy were facing one of the most difficult vintage in history. No exception for Chianti Classico, where climatic conditions favoured the parasite attack in some areas. The first grape samples of the area, picked up at the end of August, resulted not completely veraisoned with high acidity. However, the favourable climatic conditions in September and the first mid of October, with summer temperatures and cool nights, allows grapes to a gradual but complete ripening. This, in middle of October, made it possible to harvest grapes (especially Sangiovese) able to make elegant and balanced wines with high levels of aromas and acidity, perfect to their next ageing.
The wines of 2014 vintage have a non-conventional personality showing a very intense colour thanks to good anthocyan extraction and the evident hallmark of Sangiovese that conveys structure and harmony to wines for the high level of polyphenols. Despite all the difficulties encountered during the various phases before harvest, the production of Chianti Classico 2014 was good also in terms of quantity, above the average of the latest years.